Summer safety tips for you and your pets!

by | General Pet Care |

As we enter our summer months, it’s important the effects of the weather and hot sun on our pets. With a few helpful tips, you can keep your pets safe, and enjoy a fun summer together!

Protecting pads

You may find yourself walking your dog more often on the sidewalk if trails and parks near you are still closed. If the pavement is too hot for your feet, then it is too hot for your dog as well. Limit your time outside especially when temperatures are high. Some signs of burnt pads include limping, licking or chewing feet, refusing to walk, missing part of pad, and blisters or redness.

Do not leave your pet in the car

If you’re heading out on a family excursion and want to bring your pet along, remember not to leave them alone in your vehicle. It doesn’t matter if you rolled down the window or parked under shade, it can still be threatening to your pet. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat so even a short time in a hot environment can be dangerous.

Water and cool shade

Make sure your pet has access to fresh water at all times and find a cool place away from the sun while spending time with them outside. This can prevent your pet from getting heat stroke.

Know your dog

Some dogs are more susceptible to heat exposure and the effects of the sun. Certain breeds of dogs can have a more difficult time with heat. To learn more about your dog’s breed, read our blog.

Be aware of bugs

There are a number of bugs that can be bad for our pets. Mosquitoes cause local irritation and can transmit heartworm. Heartworm medication can be given to your dogs during mosquito season. Fleas are also a bug to watch out for and there are many products to prevent them. Talk to your veterinarian about the best option for your dog.

Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and are especially common in heavily forested areas. There is insect repellants to repel ticks, as well as medications your veterinarian can prescribe. Flies such as horse and deer flies bite thin skin with lots of blood which can cause itching and irritation. To learn more, read our blog.

Don’t be afraid to go out and enjoy the weather with your pet! Just keep these handy tips in mind when you do, and enjoy the summer weather!